Jean Marie Ward

fiction, nonfiction and all points in between

My RavenCon Schedule, Version 2015

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 | Author: jmward14 | cons, gail z. martin, jean marie ward, ravencon | Comments Off

RavenCon 10th Anniversary

If it’s April, it must be RavenCon, Richmond’s home-grown con. Yours truly will be on the program again this year—as will lots of my favorite people. What you see here is only the smallest part of the whole.

Friday, April 24

5 PM (Panel) Urban Fantasy in the Real World
Room G
Panelists discuss using real-world places and historical figures in your writing. What can you do and what will get you in trouble? How do you keep a place real enough to be recognizable to people who have visited or lived there, but still make it suit your fiction needs?
R.S. Belcher, J. T. Glover, Kurrie Hoyt, Gail Martin, Jean Marie Ward (Moderator)

7 PM Opening Ceremonies
Rooms E & F

11 PM (Event) CJ Henderson Memorial
Bon Air
Friends and fans of CJ Henderson gather together to remember this iconic author and frequent guest of RavenCon.
Danielle Ackley-McPhail (Moderator), Heidi Hooper, Mike McPhail, Michael Ventrella, Jean Marie Ward

Saturday, April 25

4 PM (Presentation/Workshop) Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Chesterfield
Bite-sized readings from seven of your favorite authors.
Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Meriah Crawford, Nicole Givens Kurtz, Gail Martin, KT Pinto, Jennifer Povey, Jean Marie Ward (Moderator)

7 PM (Panel) Weird Westerns
York
What is it about the west that attracts speculative fiction writers? Firefly, The Dark Tower, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, and The Wild Wild West; film, television, anime, and commercial fiction use the west as a setting and place for magic to happen. Why do we love this sub-genre? Where is it going next?
Danielle Ackley-McPhail, R.S. Belcher, Doc Coleman, Nicole Givens Kurtz (Moderator), Jean Marie Ward

10 PM (Panel) The Villain’s Journey
Anna
We all know about the Hero’s Journey. But is there a corresponding Villain’s Journey? Panelists will discuss the arc villains (or antagonists) can and should take through novels and other media.
Emily Lavin Leverett, Kate Paulk, D. Alexander Ward, Jean Marie Ward (Moderator)

Hope to see you at the con and at the book launch parties being hosted by my good friends Gail Z. Martin (Saturday, 11 PM—I love her so much I may actually crawl out of my coffin before noon to attend) and the folks at Double Dragon Publishing (Friday, 6 PM—by far a saner hour). ‘Til Friday!

Posted 2 years, 2 months ago at 9:58 am.

Add a comment

Of Anthologies & Podcasts

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

I knew from reading my co-contributors’ stories, that I lucked out placing “Personal Demons” (aka The Little Story That Could) in Hellebore & Rue. But I didn’t realize all the fascinating stories behind the anthology until I sat in on an interview with Catherine Lundoff and fellow writer Lisa Nohealani Morton this Sunday. Host Julia Rios plans to post the interview this weekend. I’ll share the link as soon as it goes live. In the meantime, I think you’ll enjoy Tracy S. Morris’s interview with Catherine and co-editor JoSelle Vanderhooft.

You’ll also enjoy Tracy’s Tranquility Series which really is The Beverly Hillbillies meets The X-Files, but that’s a different blog entirely.

On the podcasting front, it was my privilege to host the March edition of the Broad Pod, a monthly selection of short readings from the members of Broad Universe. Broad Universe is an international organization dedicated to promoting, celebrating and honoring women writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror. March is Women’s History Month. In honor of the occasion, the selections of this month’s five featured authors focus on the many aspects of Woman Power:

- Charged with treason, Gail Z. Martin’s pregnant queen Kiera must wage a war of words to save herself, her friends and her unborn child.

- In Larissa N. Niec’s selection, the goddess Rhianna’s high priestess embarks on a dangerous spirit quest to seek help for her dying land.

- Theresa Crater introduces her heroine—and us—to the legendary Morgan le Fey in the land beneath the hallowed hill.

- Then journey with Diane Whiteside to present-day Virginia, where a psychically gifted homicide detective learns just how powerful a woman working for the FBI can be.

- Finally, soar into the future with Danielle Ackley-McPhail and a squadron of hell-raising women fighter pilots led by the infamous Scarlet Jay.

And this is only the beginning of the week’s entertainments. If I’ve been quiet on the blogosphere of late, it’s only because so much will be happening this week. There will be blogs at Beyond the Veil and Samhain, as well as Julia’s interview for Outer Alliance.

To say nothing of lots of green beer. Cheers!

Posted 6 years, 3 months ago at 9:46 pm.

Add a comment

Library of Congress… Squeeeeee!

Thursday, March 18th, 2010 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

The Library of Congress Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum has invited four Broad Universe members–Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Susan Avery, Christine Norris and me–for a Rapid Fire Reading at the Library’s Madison Building at 12:10 p.m., April 13.  You can see the details (and our neat flyer) here
This is not Broad Universe’s first RFR at the Library of Congress this year.  We were preceded by Catherine Asaro, Kelly A. Harmon, Ellen Kushner and Sue Lange earlier this month.  Which means we’ve got a tough act to follow.
I’m bringing Bai.
Hope to see you there!
Cheers,

Posted 7 years, 3 months ago at 11:19 pm.

Add a comment

For those who only know me from my posts on teh Intarwebs…

Thursday, March 18th, 2010 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

You can now hear my voice, almost as if you were stuck next to me at a con.  ;-)   I’m the second of four featured writers on the Women’s History Month edition of the Broad Universe Broad Pod podcast.  My readings are two of the very short stories at JeanMarieWard.com: "Clear as Glass" and "Green Eyes". The other readers are Phoebe Wray, Karen A. Romanko and Elissa Malcohn.
Broad Universe is an international organization of women and men dedicated to exploring and promoting the work of women writers in science fiction, fantasy and horror.  They’re the organization which sponsors the Rapid Fire Readings I’m so addicted to, including the one scheduled for the Library of Congress April 12.  But more about that tomorrow.  This post is all about the Pod, the Broad Pod.
Cheers,

Posted 7 years, 3 months ago at 2:16 am.

Add a comment

Balticon Teaser

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

Yeah, yeah. I know I owe you reports and photos for three conferences, but I couldn’t resist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to put it all together, you’ll have to check out Kelly Harmon’s opening Balticon blog.  And for more mememe, check out Gail Z. Martin’s podcast of the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading.  Better yet, check it out for the other fabulous writers, including Gail and Kelly, whose stories I highly recommend.

Cheers,

Posted 8 years ago at 12:07 am.

Add a comment